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  1. Go Green Get Green Mercer University School of Engineering EGR 108 A. Reilly & R. Loper The green movement, how it has changed building, and its advantages

  2. What… • Green Building is the use of environmentally friendly products and building materials to • reduce energy waste and • reduce the impact of buildings on the environment • Environmentally friendly products • Double pane windows • Washers that use less water • Dryers that require less heat • Fridges that don’t use Freon • Low-wattage light bulbs • Low flow toilets

  3. Environmentally Friendly Products Low wattage florescent light bulbs last up to 5 years as opposed to incandescent light bulbs which last about 1000hrs Low flush toilets use about a 1/3 of the water that conventional toilets use which saves money on the water bill.

  4. Why Not… • Some people believe that green buildings require giving up being comfortable • Can’t have a good heating system and air conditioning must be limited • Ride a bike to work • Cost of building green is expensive • Materials can be highly priced • A heating system for Langdon Woods a college dorm housing facility for about 380 students costs $1 million to install.

  5. Why… • Green Building is good for the environment • The temperature in a city can be 6-8 degrees higher than surrounding areas. Green buildings with better roofing can help reduce this temperature. • It requires less energy • Indoor Air Quality in green buildings is better • Cost of living is less after building expenses • This Energy Star Savings Calculator shows how you can save by buying more energy efficient appliances such as washing machines.

  6. Economic Benefit • Green Cottages- Cleveland, Ohio • New development of energy and environmentally efficient housing in Cleveland, Ohio

  7. The Government’s Role • EPA • LEED Building program • Dept of Energy • Energy Star

  8. Green Building In Existence • Langdon Woods Hall- Plymouth State University • One of the first college dorms to receive LEED certification. • Low flush toilet system saves 1.4 million gallons of water per year. • Rhapsody Cove at Rock Creek - Chicago • Developers set aside 60% of the 243 acre development as green space. • Homes are built using energy efficient and economically sensible materials.

  9. Langdon Woods Dorm • The dorm is expected to use 58% less energy than a conventional dorm. This saves $230,000 in energy costs a year Rhapsody Cove at Rock Creek.

  10. A Greener Future • The cost of building green is getting cheaper. • Russell Albenese a green architect in New York estimates that in the time he has been building says that the costs of finding and building with green products has decreased from a 17 to 20% premium down to a 5% premium in the last eight years. • The amount of green building has increased • Between 2005 and 2006 new green homes jumped by 30% • Green homes could include 5% of the entire US housing market within 5 years.

  11. References • Benefits for Homeowners. Retrieved March 18, 2008, http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=new_homes.nh_benefits • Florescent Light Bulb. Pricegrabber.com. March 26, 2008. http://blog.pricegrabber.com/shopgreen/category/for-office/ • Green Cottages Projected Energy Savings. Cclandtrust.org. March 26, 2008. http://www.cclandtrust.org/GreenCottages/Efficiency.html • Kuchment, A. (2008, March 8). The Sky’s the Limit. Newsweek. March 15, 2008, http://www.newsweek.com/id/120055 • Langdon Woods exterior and common room. Flickr.com. March 26, 2008. http://www.flickr.com/photos/plymouth-state-university/1222830048/

  12. References • Low Flow Toilet. Freshwater website. March 26, 2008. http://www.p2pays.org/ref/20/19078.htm • Murphy, H.L. Nov 2007. Green housing forges ahead. Crain’s Chicago Business, Vol. 30(48), p. 18. • Perry, A. Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold Certification. Green Building News. March 15, 2008. www.greenbuilingnews.com • Schmidt, C.W. January 2008. Bringing Green Homes Within Reach: Healthier Housing for More People. Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 116(1), p. A24-A31. • US Capitol Building. Clipart.com. March 26, 2008. http://www.clipartgallery.com/places/washington_dc/washington_dc2.html